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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Poor let down by lack of access to legal services

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by DENNIS KWOK

    ... Dennis Kwok Dennis Kwok says an independent legal aid authority is long overdue Poor being let down by lack of access to court services Justice cannot be upheld if citizens do not have ... the right to legal advice and access to courts. Legal aid is a service that the modern state owes to its citizens who cannot afford private legal services. After all, the state is responsible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1056454/poor-let-down-lack-access-legal-services
  2. News - Hong Kong - LEGAL

    Former CSD officers jailed for faking drug tests

    Posted Oct 05th 2012, 03:30pm by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung Two ex-correctional services officers were sentenced to three months in jail on Friday, for falsifying urine samples taken from released drug offenders. Tang Kwai-man ... breached the public trust in law enforcers and brought the Correctional Services Department into disrepute. “There is not the slightest suggestion that the improper practices engaged in were in any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1054561/former-csd-officers-jailed-faking-drug-tests
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong has a key role in international legal services

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by RIMSKY YUEN

    ... Rimsky Yuen Rimsky Yuen says Hong Kong's development as a hub for international legal services helps promote the rule of law while also keeping the city open to the rest of the world International order Today, December 13, 2012, is an important date in Hong Kong's development as an international legal services centre. It is the date set for the opening ceremony of the Asia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1103768/hong-kong-has-key-role-international-legal-services
  4. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Possible changes to Vietnamese law on legal services criticised

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Hanoi blast on changing lawyer law International lawyers and business leaders are warning Vietnam's government that proposed changes to its law on legal services would restrict foreign firms and spook investors at a time of faltering economic growth. The proposed changes are under consideration this month in the lawmaking National Assembly. A dozen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1084284/possible-changes-vietnamese-law-legal-services-criticised
  5. News - Hong Kong - JUDICIARY

    Joining the judiciary on the mainland

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com How mainland judges find a seat on the bench Becoming a judge in Hong Kong and on the mainland are two very different things. Over the border, law graduates take two separate training paths to be judges or lawyers. Any Chinese citizen who is over 23, has a postgraduate degree in law, has passed the civil service and judicial exams and, by unwritten ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1116077/joining-judiciary-mainland
  6. News - Hong Kong - LEGAL SERVICES

    Two-year pilot scheme offering free legal advice to help needy

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... the scheme will provide advice about court proceedings to people who are unable to afford private legal services. Home Affairs Secretary Tsang Tak-sing said the bureau would recruit as many volunteer ... were often unaware of the available options. The award recipients provided pro bono legal services from July 1 last year to June 30 this year. The government currently funds the Duty Lawyer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1115462/two-year-pilot-scheme-offering-free-legal-advice-help-needy
  7. Brokers' incentive is legal, court says

    Posted Jan 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... regarding the legality of insurance brokers receiving commissions. He said the ruling would ease insurance brokers' concerns about whether and how they could legally receive commissions. Reyes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/990316/brokers-incentive-legal-court-says
  8. Prisoners petition to make calls legal right

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com About 30 prisoners have signed a petition urging lawmakers to grant them the legal right to make telephone calls home. This comes after talks between a human rights group and the Correctional Services Department over granting an increase in the number of such calls broke down last month. Inmates can only make calls of 10 minutes every three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/989372/prisoners-petition-make-calls-legal-right
  9. News - World

    EU data chiefs find legal flaws in Google privacy policy

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:31pm by Reuters in Brussels

    ... Reuters in Brussels European Union data protection authorities have found legal problems with Google’s new privacy policy and asked the company to make changes, a letter from a majority ... Nationale de l’Informatique (CNIL) on behalf of the EU’s regulators. Google must spell out its intentions and methods for combining data collected from its various services, and the web search giant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1062340/eu-data-chiefs-find-legal-flaws-google-privacy-policy
  10. News - Hong Kong - LEGCO

    Move to change Legco legal panel's meeting times criticised

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT

    ... Joshua But joshua.but@scmp.com Meeting time change criticised A suggestion to shift meetings of the Legislative Council's justice and legal services panel to Friday mornings has drawn strong criticism from the Bar Association and Law Society, with the former saying the change would "effectively shut out" lawyers since they would be in court. The proposal was aired ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1068286/move-change-legco-legal-panels-meeting-times-criticised

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